Check this alcoholism news story out. It only took the military until 2009 to finally admitt soldiers aren’t perfect and suffer from the same mental illnesses as the rest of us. I think this is unbelieveable that they haven’t admitted this before now, I mean hell they admitted back in the 40’s that people were’t crazy and didn’t belong in sanitariums with the white jackets on, that the general public could be diagnosed as alcoholic. Come on 2009! I wonder how long it’s going to take them to come up with help to the military about cocaine abuse?
“The military does recognize there are increasing problems with alcohol,” said Jolee Darnell, the clinical director and regional coordinator for the Army Substance Abuse Program at Fort Lewis. “That’s why they’re putting this program in place.”
Meetings with counselors will be scheduled after normal duty hours at the old Madigan complex. Notes in a soldier’s medical file will be accessible only under limited conditions, such as with the person’s consent, a court order, or if he or she represents an imminent danger to self or others.
More than 10,400 soldiers across the Army were referred to alcohol-abuse treatment from October 2008 to June 2009, according to the Pentagon. The Army treated 12,590 during the previous 12-month period.
At Fort Lewis, 475 soldiers are now receiving some kind of substance-abuse treatment, with 60 percent battling alcohol abuse, Darnell said.
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